We recently gathered analyst buy and sell ratings for stocks in the Russell 1,000. Below we highlight the average percentage of buy and sell ratings for stocks in each sector. Not surprisingly, the Energy sector has the highest percentage of buy ratings, while Consumer Discretionary and Financials have the lowest. The average Energy stock has 54% buy ratings, while the average Financial stock is well below all other sectors at 33%. Technology, Materials and Health Care are all behind Energy each with 52% buy ratings. Overall, the average stock in the Russell 1,000 has 44% buy ratings and just 8% sell ratings.
Below we provide a list of Russell 1,000 stocks with the most buy and sell ratings (with at least 5 analysts covering them). As shown, nine stocks in the index have 100% buy ratings, with Staples (SPLS) topping the list because it has the most analyst coverage. The stock is up just 1.13% on the year, so analysts must know something that investors don't. Any hint of negative news will probably not be good for the stock because at this point analysts can only lower ratings. Other notables on the list of stocks with the most buy ratings include FWLT, UTX and AAPL.
On the downside, Western Refining (WNR) and New York Times (NYT) have the highest percentage of sell ratings at 63%. Sears Holdings (SHLD) is also up there with 57% sell ratings. Analysts clearly don't have much faith in Eddie Lampert.
For those interested, Intel (INTC) is the stock in the Russell 1,000 with the most sell-side analyst coverage. A total of 40 analysts currently have recommendations for Intel!